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September 2nd 2021 MCLE Luncheon via Zoom — Patricia Egan Daehnke, Alice Chen Smith & Roxanne M. Wilson

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We are very pleased to have a panel of speakers for this event:

Patricia Egan Daehnke, Founding Partner,
Collinson, Daehnke, Inlow & Greco
(Torrance; Las Vegas)

Alice Chen Smith, Partner,
Yoka & Smith (Los Angeles)

Roxanne M. Wilson, Counsel,
Arent Fox LLP (Los Angeles)

Thursday, September 2, 2021
12:00 pm via
Zoom meeting


These three panelists, all seasoned litigation attorneys, will collectively present the program “ALLIES:  MEN IN THE MIX,”  discussing their observations and experiences with gender bias issues in their practices – in the workplace, in the courtroom, in both the legal and business community, and in their personal lives. 

Joining these panelists in the discussion will be their attorney-spouse “allies,”  Kevin J. Daehnke, Co-Founder, Daehnke Cruz Law Group (Newport Beach);  Andrew O. Smith, Shareeholder, Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin (Los Angeles), and Michael J. Leahy (Insurance Law Consultant/ Expert Witness (Marina del Rey). Brian D. Huben, Managing Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP (Los Angeles) will moderate the panel.

The presentation will cover why developing allies (whether it be spouse, senior partner, or other mentor) is essential in the legal profession. The panelists will provide real life examples of biases (gender, age, race), and how attorneys can address, react to, and assist ourselves and others who are experiencing bias situations. The panelists intend to address lessons learned from the pandemic, and how it has impacted the practice of law. 


The program will provide 1.0 hour MCLE credit for the special requirement subject area “Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession and Society,” and we hope that all of you can attend.  

PLEASE NOTE: This program may extend a little beyond one hour.   Also, one or more of these identified panelists could become unable to participate in the September 2nd program as result of trial and/or other court appearance scheduling conflict.   


Information about our Speakers:



Patricia (Tricia) Daehnke heads up the medical malpractice team at Collinson, Daehnke, Inlow & Greco, serving as lead trial counsel in numerous complex high damage cases. She has obtained defense verdicts in cases involving catastrophic injuries, including quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury, and wrongful death. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is board-certified in Medical Malpractice by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA). Tricia is board-certified as a Civil Trial Specialist and Civil Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA). She is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial attorney honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.  Tricia is recognized as a leading lawyer in both California and Nevada, being named a Top Woman Lawyer by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, A Woman of Distinction by California Women Lawyers, a Top Medical Malpractice Lawyer by NPR’s Desert Companion and Vegas, Inc., and selected as a Super Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Defense every year since 2007.

Tricia received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University. She graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law where she was a Thomas More Scholar, President of the Moot Court Honors Council, Chair of the Martin Luther King Committee and a Gonzaga Law Review Associate Editor. A fifth-generation Californian and native Angeleno, she obtained her Nevada license while serving a judicial clerkship with then Chief Justice Robert Rose of the Nevada Supreme Court.

Tricia has served as President of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Chair of the LACBA Litigation Section, Chair of the LACBA Delegation to the California Conference of Delegates, and as a member of the Judicial Council Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee.  She is the founder and current Co-Chair of LACBA President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession and Co-Chairs the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel CACI Committee. Tricia serves on the Los Angeles Superior Court Central Civil Bench/Bar Liaison Committee and the state-wide California Bench-Bar Coalition. Tricia was honored to receive the Charles R. English Spirit Award from the LACBA Delegation (2016) and the Matthew S. Rae Outstanding Section Leader Award (2008).

Tricia is a member of the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Nevada, and the State Bar of Colorado. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the District of Nevada and the Central and Southern Districts of California.

For more expansive and detailed information about Ms. Dahenke, please see:




Alice Chen Smith is a partner with the Los Angeles firm Yoka & Smith.  She is an experienced litigation attorney whose primary focus is catastrophic personal injury cases, including Products Liability and Premises Liability matters, and 

and business litigation matters.  She has successfully tried many such cases to verdict.    Alice practices throughout the entire State of California, in both trial and appellate courts.  


Alice was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) as a member of the Los Angeles Chapter in 2019.  She is an elected member of the Board of Directors for Los Angeles County for ASCDC.  She has served on the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession since 2018.  Alice is also a Board Member with the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), and she was selected to Super Lawyers – Rising Stars: 2012 – 2020; and Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022. 

For more expansive and detailed information about Ms. Chen Smith, please see:




Roxanne Wilson is Counsel at Arent Fox LLP.  She focuses her practice on employment matters, including the defense of employment class actions, providing advice and counsel, and conducting workplace investigations and auditing. She also has related litigation experience in pharmaceutical and products liability litigation and class action suits involving violations of federal and state consumer credit reporting statutes, Unfair Competition Law, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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Andrew O. Smith has found success representing a wide range of businesses and entities in the areas of commerical, construction and product liability matters. He has extensive trial and litigation experience and successfully manages complex cases while providing effective and cost-sensitive results for his clients.  His primary area of practice is retail and business litigation cases.

Andrew has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Southern California Super Lawyers list as well as the Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2008 and 2010-2015. He is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

For more expansive and detailed information about Mr. Smith, please see:
Andrew O. Smith – Pettit Kohn Ingrassia Lutz & Dolin




Active in the environmental policy and legal arenas since the late 1980s, Kevin Daehnke is a champion of clean renewable energy, the environment, business and philanthropy. A self-described “policy geek,” Kevin has been at the forefront of several win-win initiatives, including serving as the primary architect of legislation that created the Bona Fide Ground Tenant tool to revitalize contaminated (Brownfield) sites for renewable energy and other productive uses.

Mr. Daehnke founded a national think-tank in the late 1990s, to protect local infrastructure from multi-day electric power grid failures, and developed an infrastructure business continuity preparedness guide, endorsed by the National League of Cities, NACO and ICMA. In the 2017 tax debate, Kevin helped anchor an effort to protect the U.S. philanthropy sector from harmful tax code changes, and served in a diverse coalition in the crucial (also successful) fight to retain Private Activity Bonds.

After leaving the big firm environment, and for more than two decades, Mr. Daehnke has headed up Daehnke Cruz Law Group, an environmental law firm he co-founded. Kevin is a regular panelist, has authored numerous articles, and has testified before various committees of the legislature. Recently, Kevin founded and serves as President of the “Center for Strategic Policy Innovation,” a nationwide nonprofit entity, where he Chairs the Center’s Renewable Energy/Smart Grid Buildout Initiative, a well-received effort to jumpstart renewable energy and microgrid projects across the country.

As an entrepreneur and attorney, Kevin supports free market, public/private partnership and social impact-based solutions for renewable energy, economic growth and the environment. He is a firm believer in the vital importance of philanthropy and of the non-governmental organization (NGO) infrastructure of the United States, and is a strong proponent of social impact investing to create important economic and social change.

For more expansive and detailed information about Mr. Daehnke, please see:

and About Our Firm | Daehnke Cruz Law Group




Mike Leahy is an insurance law consultant with over 40 years practice experience devoted to insurance law and risk transfer issues, including analysis of coverage and reinsurance issues, rendering opinions, drafting insurance policies and endorsements and litigating insurance issues. Prior to starting his consulting business, he spent 35 years as a partner in the Insurance Law and Risk Management Practice Group of the California law firm of Haight, Brown & Bonesteel.  He now shares that experience as a consultant and expert witness for matters involving insurance law issues.

He has lectured extensively in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. He has held memberships in the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, The International Association of Defense Counsel, and the Professional Liability and Extra Contractual committees of CLM. He has taught at the Litigation Management Institute for 10 years at the Columbia University Law School and Loyola Chicago Law School. He has been is an instructor at the CLM Claims College in Philadelphia and Baltimore, and a Fellow of he American College of Coverage Counsel.

For more information about Mr. Leahy, please see:




Brian D. Huben is the Managing Partner for the Los Angeles office of Ballard Spahr LLP.  Brian’s practice focuses on the representation of commercial landlords and shopping center owners, managers, and developers, in litigation in state and federal courts. Brian handles retail bankruptcies, representing landlords and other creditors throughout the United States. He also represents commercial landlords in other areas of litigation, including evictions, breach of lease cases, public access, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

For more information about Mr. Huben, please see:
Brian D. Huben | People | Ballard Spahr